Selected Families and Individuals


Thomas (Tom) CREAN [Parents] was born on 13 Dec 1927 in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. He died on 29 Oct 1983 in Nyack, New York. Thomas married Mary THORNTON.

Mary THORNTON [Parents] was born about 1934. She died in probably New York. Mary married Thomas (Tom) CREAN.

Mary emigrated to the United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  F iv Living.
  F v Living.

John GORDON [Parents] was born in 1923 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. He died in 1998 in England. John married Kathleen M. WEBSTER in 1948 in Buckinghamshire.

John lived in England where he worked for the Foreign Office.

Living.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.
  M iv Living.
  F v Living.

Patrick GORDON [Parents] was born on 6 Apr 1870 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. He died on 14 Nov 1912 in Mount Elliot, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Patrick married Winifred (Winnie) Una CASSIDY on 30 Jan 1901 in St. Michael's Church, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

Jim Herlihy's 'Royal Irish Constabulary Officers: a Biographical Dictionary and Genealogical Guide 1816-1922'  includes an entry for Patrick:

"Gordon, Patrick; RIC 56624...born 6/4/1870, Co. Roscommon; son of John Gordon, Sheepwalk, Co. Roscommon; clerk of the Petty Sessions, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon; married on 30/1/1901...Winifred Una Cassidy, a native of the Graan, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh; 3rd DI 29/12/1894; pensioned 23/6/1911; died 14/11/1912 at 4 Rosemount Cottage, New Ross, Co. Wexford...Winifred Gordon went to Paris and joined the American Ambulance Service and returned to Dublin in 1916, nursed the wounded of the 1916 Rising as a nurse in the Royal City of Dublin Hospital in Baggot Street. She joined Cumann na mBan and sheltered Austin Stack (1879-1929), Deputy Chief of Staff of the IRA (1919-1922) during the War of Independence, whom she married in 1925 and he died in the Mater Hospital, Dublin on 27/4/1929."

Based on the above, a search of 1911 census returns fo Co. Wexford turned up a record for Patrick who was indeed married to 31-year-old Winifred who was born in Co. Fermanagh. Patrick, whose age is given as 40, was a district inspector in the RIC. He and Winifred had been married for 10 years and had one child born alive who sadly had died by the time of the 1911 census. Patrick appears to have been living in Wexford for at least 10 years as he also listed in New Ross (also as a district inspector in the RIC) in the 1901 census.

Winifred (Winnie) Una CASSIDY [Parents] was born about 1879 in probably the Graan, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. She died in 1949. Winifred married Patrick GORDON on 30 Jan 1901 in St. Michael's Church, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

Winnie is listed with the family of her husband, Patrick, in the 1901 census.

They had the following children.

  i
'unknown' GORDON was born in between 1901 and 2 Apr 1911 in probably New Ross, Co. Wexford. 'unknown' died in between 1901 and 2 Apr 1911 in probably New Ross, Co. Wexford.

James MCKEON was born in probably Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. He died in Nov 1945 in Dublin. He was buried in Swords Cemetery, Dublin. James married Ellen (Helen) GORDON.

James worked in the cattle trade.

Ellen (Helen) GORDON [Parents] was born on 24 Jun 1879 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. She died on 10 May 1962 in Dublin. She was buried in Swords Cemetery, Dublin. Ellen married James MCKEON.

Helen, who was Annie's twin, was educated at Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnham, Dublin where she was a boarder. She and Annie both became nurses.

Helen and her husband, James, lived with their family in Corballis House, Cloghran, Co. Dublin, a 17th-century building of architectural significance. Around 1954 the house and large farm were compulsarily purchased by the state as part of its scheme to expand Dublin airport. The house was used for the airport's administration functions until it was demolished in October 2007 to make way for he airport's second terminal. After leaving Corballis House, Helen moved to Clontarf where she lived for the rest of her life. She was very involved in helping to educate African boys for the priesthood, providing financial help towards their studies.

They had the following children.

  F i Marie MCKEON died in Nov 1985.
  F ii Christina (Enagh) MCKEON died.
  M iii Oliver Gordon MCKEON was born on 8 Jun 1920. He died on 20 Apr 1983.

James P. MATTHEWS was born about 1860 in Co. Roscommon. James married Mary GORDON about 1908.

The 1911 census tells us that James was a railway clerk.

Mary GORDON [Parents] was born in possibly 3 May 1871 in Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. Mary married James P. MATTHEWS about 1908.

There is a birth record in the LDS Vital Records Index for a Mary Gordon, born on 3 May 1871 in Frenchpark to John Gordon and Mary Connor. Since it is known that John Gordon and Mary Connor farmed in the townland of Sheepwalk which is in Frenchpark, and that he had a daughter, Mary, it is probable that the LDS record relates to this Mary Gordon.

They had the following children.

  F i Kathleen MATTHEWS was born about 1909.
  F ii
Mary Dorothy (Dorothy) MATTHEWS was born about 1910 in Dublin. She died in South Africa.

Dorothy was a nurse. She was engaged to be married when she was killed in a car accident in South Africa.

Nicholas TREACY [Parents] was born about 20 Sep 1875 in Gortnakeare, Cordangan, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 22 Sep 1875 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 26 Apr 1959 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was buried on 28 Apr 1959 in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary. Nicholas married Joanna (Josie) RYAN on 27 Feb 1922 in Annacarty Church, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Nicholas's baptism were Thomas McGrath and Johanna Treacy.

It is known that Nicholas was related to our Treacys although the exact relationship isn't certain. What is certain is that Thomas Treacy (1881-1969) had a cousin named Nicholas Treacy and that he was NOT a first cousin. It is also known that Thomas's first cousin Seán Treacy (1895-1920) had a cousin named Nicholas Treacy (see next paragraph), who is definitely our Nicolas above, but it is not known what type of cousin he was. It is possible that Nicholas was a second cousin of Thomas and Seán, i.e., it is possible that Nicholas's Treacy grandfather, also named Nicholas, and John, the grandfather of Thomas and Seán, were brothers.

In Desmond Ryan's book, "Seán Treacy and the Third Tipperary Brigade IRA" (1945), there is mention of "Seán's cousin, Nicholas Treacy", who was involved in plans to rescue Seán from jail in Dundalk in 1918. Seán and two other IRA prisoners were on hunger strike but called it off when their demands were met. As a result the rescue mission was called off.

According to a family source, Thomas Treacy's cousin Nicholas (who may be Nicholas above) lived on a small farm next to the Carey farm in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary.

Joanna (Josie) RYAN [Parents] was born about 1892 in probably Carhue, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary. She died on 13 Apr 1933 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary. Joanna married Nicholas TREACY on 27 Feb 1922 in Annacarty Church, Co. Tipperary.

Helen Stapleton from Australia has provided us with some information on Josie's family as Helen's husband's grandmother Hanorah Ryan (born in Co. Tipperary in 1872) was a cousin of Josie's. Helen tells us that Josie's father's name was Joseph and that Joseph's father's name was John whose father was Lawrence whose mother was Sarah Dwyer. Sarah's father was Edmond Dwyer who was possibly from Carhue, near Dundrum, in Co. Tipperary. Sarah had a sister named Alice who also married a Ryan. A great-grandson of Alice's was Brendan Bracken (1901-1958) who was a close friend of Winston Churchill and who was appointed Minister of Information during World War II.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were James Walsh and Mary O'Mahony (probably Josie's sister).

They had the following children.

  M i
Thomas (Tommy) TREACY was born about 1924 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He died on 10 May 2011. He was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

Tommy, who never married, lived in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Josephine (Ciss) TREACY died on 28 Feb 2010.
  M iv
Joseph TREACY was born about 1930 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He died on 13 Nov 1988.

Joseph never married.

Seamus ROANTREE [Parents] was born about 1925 in Dublin. He died on 20 Nov 2011 in Dublin. He was buried in Shanganagh Cemetery, Dublin. Seamus married Anne 'UNKNOWN'.

Seamus ran a printing works in Dublin and lived in Dartry in Dublin before moving to Co. Kerry where he worked as managing director of Cadbury's chocolate plant in Rathmore. He lived in Killorglin.

Living.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Living.
  M v Living.
  M vi Living.
  M vii Living.
  M viii Living.

William Stanislaus WRIGHT was born about 1834 in Kensington, London. He died after 20 May 1871. William married Mary HUSSEY in 1856 in Kensington, London.

According to the 1861 census William was a photographer and artist. He and Mary were living at that time at 26 Newland St. in Kensington. By the time of the 1871 census, they were living at 1 Melon Cottages in Kensington (this was shortly before Mary died) and William was working as a photographer's assistant. There were no children listed in either census. The 1881 to 1901 censuses were checked on www.Ancestry.co.uk for further information on William but nothing was found.

In case it may relate to our William above, a William Wright, aged 16, is listed in the 1851 census. Details of the household are:

Address: Gregory Place, Holland St., Kensington
William Wright, head, aged 44, servant, born Ipswich, Suffolk
Susannah Wright, wife, aged 49? laundress, born in what looks like "Suardson" in Essex
William, son, 16, born Kensington
Charles, 15, son, born Kensington
Frances, 13, daughter, born Kensington

Mary HUSSEY [Parents] was born about 1832 in Westminster or Kensington, London. She died on 20 May 1871 in 1 Melon Cottages, Kensington, London. She was buried on 24 May 1871 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London (grave no. 3282). Mary married William Stanislaus WRIGHT in 1856 in Kensington, London.

Mary died of "Phthisis (6 months)" and "Exhaustion", phthisis being a form of tuberculosis.


Martin SHERIDAN died. Martin married Brigid LYNCH.

Martin and Brigid had no children.

Brigid LYNCH [Parents] was born about 1904 in Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. She died in probably New York. Brigid married Martin SHERIDAN.

Brigid emigrated to the United States. She was a top fitter for one of the big fashion houses in New York City. Among her clients were members of the Kennedy and Kellogg families.


Hugh MORRISON [Parents] was born about 1905 in Straid, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. He died in 1996 in probably New York. Hugh married 'UNKNOWN'.

Hugh was a tunnel worker and had his own business. He retired to Cornwall, New York in 1968.

'UNKNOWN' died. 'UNKNOWN' married Hugh MORRISON.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.

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